READ THE FULL LATEST (29/11/18) UPDATE TO THIS STORY HERE. It appears a Simmo over the current record weight has been caught, but not from Chertsey. Do click for the link for latest details.
A Simmo-strain mirror previously caught by Terry Hearn has reportedly been caught at 68lb 10oz, making it a contender for a new British record.
Fish breeder Mark Simmonds said he heard this morning that one of his carp, known as the Chertsey Fish, had broken the UK record.
He told Carpfeed: “I got a text message this morning saying ‘congratulations, the Chertsey fish just did the British record’. I said ‘wow!’ and made a number of inquiries and the weight I got was 68lb 10oz.”
Chertsey, in Surrey, is a former Cemex Angling venue. It is now in private hands with only a handful of anglers allowed to fish it. The chances of the captor making an official record claim appear remote.
Mark added: “This fish did 60lb three years ago. It’s a big, long, chestnut mirror. I would have stocked it 22 years ago and it would have gone in as a C4 [four summers old].
“It would have been in the era when the lake was run by RMC, and it may have been Viv Shears or Mike Hutchinson doing it.
“I’ve got a feeling it would have been a sibling of the fish that went into Kingsmead One and Two.”
The current official British record is Dean Fletcher’s 68lb 1oz capture of the Parrot from Wasing, after a claim for a 69lb 10oz Israeli-born mirror was officially denied last week.
Mark Simmonds added: “I just hope it’s correct. It would be lovely, it would be fantastic for the record to be a proper, born-and-bred fish from the UK. Even the parents were born in the UK.
“It would put those bloody foreign mongrels to bed. To show that English fish in an English lake can do 70lb - that would be phenomenal.”
Mark added that he was aware that 59 of his fish are currently over 50lb.
He said the Chertsey Fish was likely to be a male, adding: “It’s tremendous. Everyone who knocks English fish, or chases Croatian crosses to get big fish, it knocks that all out of the park.”
This is a developing story and we hope to update this article as we get more information.